December 1, 2013 Subject:
Blind man's bluff
On behalf of an old friend, a blind detective investigates a murder that proves to have far-reaching implications. Noted character actor Edward Arnold is fun as the sightless gumshoe who can more than hold his own in a fight, as well as play the organ very badly. He's supported by Donna Reed and former leading lady and tear-jerker queen, Ann Harding. The rest of the cast is a sea of familiar Hollywood faces from the '30s and '40s. Mantan Moreland has a very small part, and as usual he makes the very most of it. There even is a wonder dog, who more than earns his Alpo. Spiced with touches of humor, the exciting story moves along quickly without developing a single plot hole. A notch above many of its contemporaries, this dated little mystery still delivers an honest eighty minutes worth of entertainment to go along with your sausage pizza. Bon appetit!
Incidentally, the first reviewer seems to think Eddy Albert is in this movie. He isn't
August 1, 2013 Subject:
Oh you mean
Edward Arnold. Yeah I can "see" how you missed that. The movie is light fluff and fun. Movies of this sort were usually paired with another short film (of 60 minutes or so), a cartoon, a newsreel, and possible another short (20 to 30 minutes in length) and of course0 the trailer for a upcoming film.
August 1, 2013 Subject:
More Mantan; less Friday
I saw this before, and I don't know why I watched it again. Eddie Albert is over-the-top as a blind PI, and the script is over-the top in playing to that angle, including an impossibly prescient guide dog and too many darkened rooms to count.
The plot has a single "McGuffin" - a plan for an undisclosed thing that will help with the war. The movie plods along while the bad guys (Nazi spies?) try to get their hands on it.
There are murders that are hardly explained and never involve the police and "Nazis" have seemingly free access to the house where the plans are kept without raising the suspicions of anyone.
Most of the cast are nearly wasted - Alan Jenkins, Reginald Denny, Horace McNally, John Emery and Mantan Moreland have sparse input. Only young Donna Reed has room to wiggle, and her character is despicable.
Throughout, there is Eddie Albert, blustering his way through every blind man cliché in the book and "Friday," the dog, responding to ridiculous instructions.
The movie might have been far more entertaining if Eddie Albert talked far less (he mumbles to himself endlessly) and Mantan Moreland handled the sidekick duties.